The Athens Review
Every thriving newspaper reporter has great sources, people who are willing to reveal what’s really going on. And if a source also can do that articulately, that makes it even better.
Throughout a big part of my journalism career, longtime stock contractor Sammy Andrews has been willing to tell it like it is and in an articulate way.
My highly valued working relationship with Andrews goes back to the early 1990s when he owned a dynasty of bucking bulls that performed on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Professional Bull Riders circuits.
Andrews recently allowed me to interview him before a group of students from Athens Christian Preparatory Academy. Among them was my eldest son, Chris.
The students visited the Henderson County Regional Fairpark Complex on a field trip and learned about the April 26-27 PRCA Stampede Rodeo. The students learned about the sport from Andrews, a resident of the East Texas town of Bagwell who won the coveted Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Stock Contractor of the Year award in 2002.
Athens’ PRCA Stampede Rodeo is among 19 shows that Andrews will produce this season.
“It’s a tough way to make a living and it’s lots of miles,” said Andrews, 66, who also will provide the stock for 2013 rodeos in Abilene, Kan., and Gallup, N.M.”
So Andrews, who is flanked by his son, James, perseveres and continues to provide quality broncs, bulls, and timed event cattle to rodeos, mostly in smaller communities.
One of those bulls was a bovine he calls Floyd. At Athens' 28th annual PRCA Stampede Rodeo, Floyd helped a cowboy named Landon Lockhart clinch the bull riding title with a score of 84. It was the highest marking of the rodeo in a bucking stock riding event.
In bareback riding, a bronc named Spitfire helped Chance Madsen clinch the title with a score of 71 points. In saddle bronc riding, three-time National Finals qualifier Isaac Diaz finished No. 1 after turning in a score of 73 on a bronc named Sugar Shack.
Riley Duvall claimed the steer wrestling title with a time of 3.3 seconds.
In team roping, Cody McMinn and J.C. Williams, snared the title with a 5.8. Spence Barney lassoed the tie-down roping title with a 9.5.
Kim Couch clinched the barrel racing title after turning a 15.68.
Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the past quarter century.